The last part of our hike brought us across the island from Dungeness Beach back to Sea Camp, passing through the maritime forest. Even with a wider lens, I felt like it was impossible to do justice to the size and intricate beauty of these trees.
In some places, the tree branches almost reminded me of coral formations.
To me this type of forest has a prehistoric feeling to it. We all kept saying how it reminded of us Jurassic Park. When it was quiet, it felt like a velociraptor might leap out at us any moment. :)
A lot of the trees lean to one side, and apparently this is a result of something called salt pruning. It has to do with the direction the wind usually blows and how the tree adapts to it.